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Did you know that it’s good luck to touch your clock at 11:11? It’s even better luck to kiss it, so long as it’s not too grimy. This is AM or PM, every single day—but especially today, since it’s 11/11/11.

Yeah, I don’t believe it either. But at 11:11 tonight I’ll be embracing my clock because, well, you never know. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr purportedly had a horseshoe hanging above the door to his home. Visitors would sometimes ask him how an esteemed scientist could believe in the luck of a horseshoe. “Of course I don’t believe in it,” Bohr would tell them. “But I hear you don’t have to believe in it for it to work.”